Grateful Dead Live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium on 1984-12-28
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- 2004-06-29 11:23:04
- San Francisco, CA
Subject: Pretty Sick West LA...and Day Tripper!
RE the reviewer below "Teabag69" (old post) I think the first time I heard the word "sick" used as a positive adjective was in context of the Dead!
Not sure where that guys rant came from, but it seemed Everyone in that scene often used "sick" to denote the amazing, special, superlative and often indescribable occurrences we loved and experienced at Dead shows. Started in 79 and ended in 93. Also saw the second Touch played in Portland Me 82 and me and my buddies always used sick up to then and well there after!
Enjoy the Archive and Happy New Years reminiscing!
Subject: Great transfer
Subject: The term sick
Subject: Photos from the show
Subject: "Sick" show
Subject: Nice show
Subject: Don't Call it "Sick"
This is a good solid show from a solid New Year's run.
Subject: China>Rider is smokin
I started seeing the dead in 87 at Alpine untill the end but, I to this day feel I missed the eary and mid eighties in a huge way, must of been blast. The good side is im younger now but in hindsight I probably would take the trade off and have seen those shows in 83 and 84. I love that shit and what a place to have seen the Dead in the past 2 venues in cali, The Berkeley Community Theater and This show San Francisco Auditorium and Augusta back east how sick was that run. Both these places are gems and would of been the shit to see em' play there. Ive watched and listened to so much of the Dead and it's funny to read a review anything less than good on any given night from the 77-85 they were smokin. Can you a imagine seeing that kind of an act today. I would be blown out even on an off night. Ive always wished I hit the 83-84 tour. Well at least I have memories of a good amount of shows in '89. Alpine,Deer Creek and Mecca in Milwa(under radar killer shows 4-15-16).
Subject: Smokin Close Out to 1984
A Set 2 only review for now, but a monster China Cat leads off with some impassioned leads from Garcia. The IKYR just imposes itself on you, the 84 sound is thick and heavy, just demanding to be heard. I'm not a huge LLR fan (9/20/87 is the definitive version IMO) but what a He's Gone, long, loopy, soulful, great vocal jam and totally stretched out. A bluesy spoonful leads into a typically trippy 84 drums/space and the funkiness continues into The Other One (though Weir comes in a bit quick for my taste) that cuts somewhat short into a powerful Wharf Rat. Sugar Mags closes the set.
More important than the great playing is the great recording. I'm generally suspicious of AUDs but this combines in an almost reverse "Matrix" mix, the best parts of an SBD (nice separation, clear vocal/instrumenal pick up) and AUD (that thick air if you will the aural sense of a crowd's presence). It's a great recording that really gives you a you are there feeling, that thick air as I mentioned of being in the arena and hearing and sensing the music as it's being played. I'm a total whore for '84 shows, but I won't pick up some of the substandard AUD only versions of shows w/o SBDs, so this is high praise for me.
This is really a 4.5, but I can't round up in this case.
Subject: Great show
Note:Steve Parrish's family was killed in a car wreck after this show so the rest of the New Years run was subdued at best. Baby Blue in the 3rd set of New Years seemed to be sung for Steve.
Subject: rough but fun
My favorite memory: Some New Yorker yelled out "REVOLUTION JERRRRRYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!" right before Daytripper. He must have been blown by their choice.
Subject: I can still picture the encore in my mind but ..
I know for sure New Year's itself, was starting to deteriorate, compared to a few years before, and generally speaking the shows before New Year's were better, however I can't say for certain, like I can for previous years, exactly which one was best !
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